Conservation Officer Scott Staples (Carlton) assisted with an aquatic invasive species (AIS) check station in the Duluth area where several violations were encountered. A K9 training was attended at Camp Ripley, where the DNR K9 unit worked with the dogs in obedience and searching for firearms.
Boating activity was worked in the area with enforcement action being taken for fishing without a license in possession, insufficient personal flotation devices and registration violations.
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) saw steady angling activity this past week, but not a lot of success. An AIS check station was staffed in Saginaw with multiple violations found. Enforcement action taken during the week were for no license in possession, improper display of watercraft registration, transporting aquatic plants and failure to remove a watercraft drain plug during transport.
Willis also assisted the Duluth Police Department in attempting to locate a subject who was missing under suspicious circumstances. The missing person was found safe.
CO Andy Schmidt (Duluth West) worked two AIS details within the district and participated in a multi-agency emergency mock aircraft incident in the Duluth Harbor. Schmidt also completed equipment maintenance and patrolled area waterways for angling activity.
CO Dustie Speldrich (Willow River) investigated a report of trespassing. She assisted local law enforcement with an attempt to locate a stolen vehicle.
Speldrich followed up on wetland cases and worked ATV, AIS and boating activity. She also rescued a snapping turtle from a window well.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Mike Scott (Northeast) worked with the Lake Superior Marine Unit checking anglers on Lake Superior. An AIS check station was held in Saginaw. Scott participated in the Great Lakes AIS initiative, working with Minnesota Sea Grant and 1854 ceded territory employees checking watercraft and educating the public about AIS issues.